On Friar Rush and the frolicsome elves. Observations on Dunlop's History of fiction. On the history and transmission of popular stories. On the poetry of history. Adventures of Hereward the Saxon. The story of Eustace the monk. The history of Fulke Fitz Warine. On the popular cycle of the Robin Hood ballads. The conquest of Ireland by the Anglo-Normans. On old English political songs. On the Scottish poet Dunbar

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Page 91 - Laud be to God ! — even there my life must end. It hath been prophesied to me many years, I should not die but in Jerusalem ; Which vainly I supposed the Holy Land. — But bear me to that chamber ; there I'll lie ; In that Jerusalem shall Harry die.
Page 286 - Like a young courtier of the king's, And the king's young courtier. Like a flourishing young gallant, newly come to his land, Who keeps a brace of painted madams at his command, And takes up a thousand pound upon his father's land, And gets drunk in a tavern, till he can neither go nor stand ; Like a young courtier, &c.
Page 187 - IN somer, when the shawes be sheyne, And leves be large and long, Hit is full mery in feyre foreste To here the foulys song: To se the dere draw to the dale, And leve the hilles hee, And shadow hem in the lev s grene, Vnder the grene-wode tre.
Page 286 - And an old frize coat, to cover his worship's trunk hose, And a cup of old sherry, to comfort his copper nose; Like an old courtier, &c.
Page 286 - An old song, made by an aged old pate, Of an old worshipful gentleman who had a great estate, That kept a brave old house at a bountiful rate, And an old porter to relieve the poor at his gate.
Page 219 - Ireland, written apparently at the end of the twelfth or beginning of the thirteenth century, and...
Page 269 - The Kyng of Alemaigne wende do ful wel, He saisede the mulne for a castel, With hare sharpe swerdes he grounde the stel, He wende that the sayles were mangonel To helpe Wyndesore, Richard, thah thou be ever, &c. The Kyng of Alemaigne gederede ys host, Makede him a castel of a mulne post, Wende with is prude, ant is muchele bost, Brohte from Alemayne mony sori gost To store Wyndesore.
Page 38 - Ten pounds, quoth he, I will give thee, sweet Neece, with all my heart, So thou wilt grant to me thy love, to ease my troubled heart. Then let me a writing have, quoth he, from your owne hand with speed, That I may marry my sweet-heart when I have done this deed.
Page 95 - And thou touche his head or gowne, In syght that men may se, By all the sayntes that be in heaven, I shall hange you all thre.

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